To recap, McCain told her fellow co-hosts Tuesday during a discussion of O’Rourke’s plan that she was not going to give up her guns, and that his call to forcibly confiscate weapons would lead to violence:
“This is a ground-level issue for me,” she said, targeting 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s mandatory buyback plan. “If you’re going to be a gun-grabber, you don’t get my vote, period. We got to have a different conversation.”
Longtime host Joy Behar brought up the federal assault weapons ban in 1994 under former President Bill Clinton. “If you keeping rooting for Republicans, you’re going to get nothing done.”
“The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far,” McCain said. “I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
“But they lived without them for many years during the ban,” Behar replied.
“I’m not living without guns,” McCain responded. “It’s just that simple!”
McCain’s reality-based comments upset a lot of The Usual Suspects™, including failed presidential candidate and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who lied about McCain’s position by saying she “threatened violence.”
Failing presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to McCain’s remarks about his plan by doing what liberals like he, Swalwell and others typically do when they have no legitimate response to fight back with: Accuse their critics of incitement. Here’s what he told the Daily Beast:
“I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” the former congressman told The Daily Beast prior to joining a Wednesday marathon climate town hall on CNN. “It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying, ‘You know this is this is going to happen.’”
O’Rourke brought up McCain’s name unprompted after “The View” host had said, earlier this week, that an attempt by the government to compel AR-15 owners to sell back their weapons would prompt “a lot of violence.”
“When someone says, “If you do this, then this will happen,” O’Rourke said, “almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen.
Twitter users were not having his nonsense and gave him a much-needed reality check:
Well, Beto is calling for the government to come and confiscate weapons from law-abiding citizens at point of gun. Beto’s policy suggestions are FAR more likely to cause violence than Meghan McCain pointing out that his policy will cause violence. https://t.co/BCHisyGXPT
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 5, 2019
If you want to confiscate guns from tens of millions of people, you're the one instigating violence. https://t.co/lGSpoGamG2
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) September 5, 2019
You drove drunk and nearly killed someone and then tried to flee the scene, so chill. If you want to discuss rhetoric, you’re granting gov’t permission to take arms and go door to door to confront innocent, lawful Americans and steal their property from them. https://t.co/LSkoMXmzWs
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 5, 2019
McCain herself responded to Beto’s false accusations:
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 5, 2019
Charles C.W. Cooke spelled it out for O’Rourke and the anti-Meghan McCain social media mobs
There are just two types of people engaging in this debate: People who know that Meghan McCain is correct, and people who are pretending that they do not know that Meghan McCain is correct. It doesn’t not especially matter what your politics are, or what you think of private gun ownership in the United States. It does not matter, either, whether you want Meghan McCain to be right or you want her to be wrong. If you have read any American history at all, you know that, as a matter of dull, neutral fact, McCain is correct.
Second Amendment activist Stephen Gutowski made the same point in the immediate aftermath of her comments as the condemnations from leftists were rolling in Tuesday:
The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. I'm not sure why anyone would believe trying to confiscate them wouldn't result in significant violence. What @MeghanMcCain said isn't new. That's been the animating concept of the gun rights movement since Lexington and Concord. https://t.co/UWjaeFaDen
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) September 4, 2019
Beto O’Rourke and other demagoguing leftists are entitled to their own opinions, but they are most certainly not entitled to their own facts.
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